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Poll results: Anyone planning on buying a smartwatch anytime soon?

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Poll results: Anyone planning on buying a smartwatch anytime soon?
Earlier this week we asked our readers whether or not they were planning on buying themselves a smartwatch anytime soon. Today, it is time to take a look at the results. A total of 1286 people participated in our poll, and almost 10% of them can be considered early adopters of wearable tech as they already own one of them smart timepieces. Furthermore, nearly 12% of those who voted are indeed going to purchase one in the near future. 

The fraction of people who aren't yet ready to spend money on a smartwatch, however, is considerably larger. About a third of the participants would not buy a smartwatch until they get better, and we can see why. After all, smartwatches can't really do a whole lot right now. For nearly 17% of those who voted, smartwatches are still too expensive and they won't be buying one until they get cheaper. Interestingly, only about 5.5% are those who are excited about the possibility of Apple launching a smartwatch of its own. That's strange given the assumption that if Apple does release a smartwatch, it would surely be a smartwatch done right. And finally, 273 is the number of voters who don't yet find smartwatches interesting at all.

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Will you be buying yourself a smartwatch anytime soon?
9.49%
122 votes
(122 votes) I have a smartwatch already
11.9%
153 votes
(153 votes) I will be buying one soon
34.91%
449 votes
(449 votes) I will wait until they get better
16.95%
218 votes
(218 votes) I will wait until they get cheaper
5.52%
71 votes
(71 votes) I will buy a smartwatch only if it has an Apple logo on it
21.23%
273 votes
(273 votes) Not interested

1286 votes

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posted on 13 Feb 2014, 10:12 3

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8840; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I chose I'd wait until they get cheaper. The Pebble Steel is the best looking smartwatch on the market, but I wouldn't pay $250 for it.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 10:13 1

2. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3209; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


No surprises there. The smartwatch department really needs improvement. I'm counting on all the OEM's to show what they have to show this year! Right now I think the Sony Smartwatch 2 Silver edition is the best.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 10:15 1

3. a_merryman (Posts: 716; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


Ummm, I'm excited about Apple releasing a smartwatch. And I'm sure they will do it right. But I'm not going to pick the "I will only buy a smartwatch if it has an Apple logo on it" option, as another company might release an even better option for me. Maybe you all shouldn't have worded it in such a ridiculous way. Or done a separate poll to see how many people are excited about an Apple or Google smartwatch.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 11:05 7

8. networkdood (Posts: 6310; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Well, you would be surprised who buys stuff because of a logo - pretty half of the U.S. population does that....

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 12:23

11. a_merryman (Posts: 716; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


That wasn't my point. My point was they shouldn't say they're surprised more people aren't excited about Apple releasing a smartwatch when they skewed the question so much. Even if they switched the option in the poll to "I plan to wait to see what Apple releases before making a decision" it would not be a good gauge on how excited people are about Apple possibly launching a smartwatch.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 10:20 2

4. Augustine (Posts: 777; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


I love watches of the fine, mechanical kind. To me they are counter-points to my so many electronic gadgets with their veritable mechanical micro-machines and a style and craftsmanship that no smart watch has been capable of even getting close to.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 10:23

5. networkdood (Posts: 6310; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Waste of money - smartwatch does nothing my smartphone cannot do, except to be worn on my wrist - make a smart device that can do both, and then I may consider one, until then, I am sticking with a large screened smartphone....

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 10:27

6. BobWellington (Posts: 6; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)


I backed the Agent watch on Kickstarter, but in typical KS fashion it is late. Probably looking at a May release instead of the original December date.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 10:45

7. axllebeer (Posts: 266; Member since: 05 Apr 2011)


I must've missed this poll. I'm in the marker for a Pebble. Now to decide which one. The 2013 or 2014 versions...

Is the extra $100+ worth it?

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 11:15 2

9. surethom (Posts: 316; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)


Until the are as thin as a normal watch & the battery lasts at least 7 days I won't be interested.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 11:39

10. networkdood (Posts: 6310; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


As of now smart-watches are just another tech trick to lure customers into believing that they own something cool...the only smart thing about it is the company who is able to convince a consumer that they need one.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 12:43

12. profperez1 (Posts: 49; Member since: 08 May 2012)


I don't like notifications. I want to check my device when I decide I have time to do so. So I don't want to look at my watched and be bothered. I suppose a text message with an audio responce would be nice. But not going to give Apple $300 just cause.

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